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Dr. Randall J. Webb, 1965, 1966 

I^residenl, Northwestern State University 
Dear Alumni: 


^^^^■^^^1 This has been a challenging year for Northwestern 

^I^H^^H State University as well as all higher education institutions. 

A decline in state revenues because of the recession has 

led to a reduction of more than S8 million in state appropriations. And more cuts 

could be coming in the next 12 months. 

Despite the difficult financial times, the people of Northwestern are continuing 
to carry out their most important possible mission which is to provide the best 
possible education for our students. 

This year, more than 1,400 students were added to the list of graduates 
who have brought great distinction to Northwestern for more than 125 years. We 
know they have been prepared to go forward and make a positive difference in 
their communities. 

There have been several positive achievements at Northwestern over the 
past year. The Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and 
Performing Arts has brought national and international acclaim to the University. 
The NSU International Chorale performed in several cathedrals in England during 
spring break. The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band was invited to march 
in the 2011 New Year's Day Parade and Festival in London. Alumnus Terrence 
Daniels recently made his debut on Broadway in the musical La Cage Aux Folles. 

Our online education programs are increasingly popular with students 
and are being recognized. The online programs in psychology and criminal 
justice were rated among the Best Values in Online Colleges by the web site 

Northwestern was cited as being among the national leaders among public 
master's degree institutions in closing the gap in graduation rates between white 
and minority students, according to a report by The Education Trust. 

The Office of Continuing Education was named "Best Place to Learn 
Something New in Louisiana" in a survey of individuals 50 and above. 

It has also been exciting to be part of a number of activities associated with 
Northwestern's 125" anniversary. It is gratifying and humbling to be part of such 
a great institution. Thank you for all you do to make Northwestern a special place. 

William Drake Owens, 2004, 2005 

Director of Alumni and Development 

My fellow alumni: 

Graduation day is one of my favorite days of the 
year, as I have the opportunity to visit with many friends, 
parents and alumni who have returned to campus to 
watch their child or loved one walk across the stage 
in Prather Coliseum to receive their diploma. In my observation, it is a day in 
which everyone is happy. 

As the academic year concluded, so did our year-long celebration of 
Northwestern's 125'" anniversary It was a year marked with commemorative 
activities, the release of a coffee table book and many events that acknowledged 
the important role that NSU plays in the community and throughout northwest 

Involvement in Northwestern alumni activities continues to grow. Several 
new alumni chapters have formed with monthly events for alumni, their family 
and friends. If you would like to organize an alumni chapter in your area, 
please let us know and we will be happy to help. You can view photos from 
gatherings and stay current on campus news and events by visiting our website 

Alumni are the most powerful voice for prospective students, and I encourage 
you to share your experience and stories with these students. Please let us 
know if we can be of assistance to you in providing information about NSU to a 
promising student. I hope to see you on campus this fall and I thank you again 
for all that you do for Northwestern. 

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President Joseph B. Stamey. 

Natchitoches. 1983 

Vice President Tommy Chester. 

Natchitoches, 1969 

Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Lisa Mathews. 

Benton. 1992 

Executive Director W. Drake Owcnv 

Natchitoches. 2004. 2005 


Malt Bailey Shrcveport. 2003 

Jerry Brungart Natchitoches. 1969. 1971 

Monty Chicola Alexandria. 1979. 1980 

Leonard Endris Shre\cport. 1974. 1975 

Ken Ciuidrv' Natchitoches. 1972 

Bobby llcbcrt New Orleans. 1983 

Trey Hill Carencro. 1985 

Adrian Howard Arlington. Texas. 1989 

Patricia Wiggins Hrapmaiui New Orleans. 1973. 1978 

(.ail Jones Natchez. 1981. 1998 

Mall Koury Leesville. 1995 

Angela La.syone Natchitoches. 1986 

Bryant Lewis Hav-nesville. 1958 

Carroll Long Longs iew. Texas. 1970 

D.i\ id Morgan Austin. Texas. 1973 

Kip Patrick Washington. DC. 1995 

Cliff Poimboeuf Shreveporl. 1984 

Denjse Ouezaire Baton Rouge. 2005 

(ilennTalben Shrexepon. 1964 

Casey Jo Thompson Shreveport. 2001 

Carlos Treadw^y Northville. Michigan. 1992 

Marti Vicnne Natchitoches. 1982 

Rick\ Walmsley Covington. 1985 

J Michael W'ilbum Shrcveport. 1975 

Dr. Leonard A. Williams New Orleans. 1993 

Charles -Buddy" Wood Many. 1981 


Mark Daniels New Orleans 

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W Drake Owens. 2004, 2005 

Leah Pilcher Jackson. 1994 


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Alumni News 

Meet the Excellence Campaign Steering Committee 

NSU's Capital Campaign, "Excellence: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow," is moving forward with the 
help of some very dedicated alumni willing to give of their time and expertise. With their help and 
yours, we are proud to announce that we are more than halfway to our goal of S25 million. We'd like 
to thank all of those who have joined the Excellence Team or donated monetarily and those who have 
volunteered their time and talents, including our Steering Committee. We think you'll find they're a 
very talented group with one thing in common- their love for NSU. 


Butch Ballard 

Nicole Gray 

Trey Hill 

Butch Ballard came to Northwestern from Bogalusa in 1972 
to play football, but he has turned his relationship with NSU 
into a family affair. He married NSU alumna, Jody Foster Bal- 
lard and of their three children, one is a current NSU student. 
He is a loyal supporter of NSU Athletics and is a member of 
the Select 100. Butch currently owns Mechanics Sourcing 
Group, an industrial sales agency and lives in Huntsville, 

Nicole Gray is a program manager for XO Communications 
in Dallas and president of Gray Ventures, LLC, a firm that 
specializes in consulting services and event planning. She 
received her bachelor's degree in journalism from NSU in 
1995 and spearheaded the organization of the Black Alumni 
Alliance in 2008, where she serves as acting president. Nicole 
also established the James L. Oliphant Endowed Football 
Scholarship with the NSU Foundation. 

Trey Hill is a 1985 graduate of the College of Business. 
He currently serves as the director of public affairs for 
Atmos Energy Corporation. He is very committed to civic 
involvement, serving as a member of the President's Council, 
the Business College Dean's Advisory Council, on the Boards 
of Dirertors of the Louisiana Association of Business and 
Industries and the Public Affairs Research Council, among 
others. He has been married to his wife, Jackie, for 24 years, 
and they have three children. 

David Morgan 


A 1973 graduate of NSU, David Morgan founded United 
Teachers Associates Insurance Company, a nationwide com- 
pany specializing in insurance products for active and retired 
teachers. He built a company worth more than $100 mil- 
lion and has gone on to own a number of other insurance 
companies. He currently serves as a member of the Alumni 
Association and was inducted into the Long Purple Line in 
1994. He and his wife Sherry, also an alumna, endowed 
a professorship in the College of Business in 1995. David 
also established the "Extra Mile" scholarship program for Pi 
Kappa Phi members at NSU. 

Jill Cantrell Morrison is a native of Marthaville and a 1993 
NSU graduate with a degree in Journalism. While at NSU, 
she was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and a student 
worker in the Athletic Department. After graduate school, 
she worked as an executive assistant for Dai-Tile and Windle 
Turley. Jill is a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association and 
is involved with the Education is Freedom Program through 
the Junior League of Dallas. She and her husband Dave are 
regular hosts of the Dalias-area NSU Alumni Crawfish Boil. 

Lenn Prince is a 1975 graduate of NSU and received her mas- 
ter's degree in vocal performance from ULM. She was award- 
ed a scholarship from the University of Miami to perform and 
study in Salzburg, Austria, with world renowned singers and 
teachers. Lenn and her husband, Danny, own and operate 
diversified businesses in several states. They have four adult 
children and divide their time between their homes in Rus- 
ton and Dallas. 

Lenn Prince 

Patricia Hrapman 

Gail Jones 

Patty Wiggins Hrapmann is a third generation Demon. 
She is married to Kenny Hrapmann, fellow 1973 graduate. 
Patty achieved National Board Certification in 2000 and 
was inducted into the NSU Hall of Distinguished Educators 
in 2002. She is a proud member of the Alumni Board. She 
presently lives in New Orleans where after retiring from 
public education has become the director of Curriculum, 
Instruction and Professional Development at Holy Cross 
School where her husband Kenny coaches. 

GailJonesservesas the community liasonforthe Natchitoches 
Parish Sheriff's Office and is a former executive director of the 
Boys and Girls Club of Natchitoches. She received bachelor's 
and master's degrees from NSU and has established the Gail 
M. Jones Mentor Scholarship. Gail currently serves on the 
Alumni Association Board of Directors. 

Casey Crowder 

Cheryl Reese 

Casey is a 2001 cum laude graduate in Business Administra- 
tion. During her time at Northwestern, she was a member of 
Phi Mu Fraternity and Purple Jackets, among many others. 
She was chosen as Miss Louisiana 2002 and competed in the 
Miss America pageant. Currently, she is in her eighth year as 
a senior sales professional with Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceu- 
ticals. Casey is married to Major Mike Thompson and lives 
in Shreveport. 

Cheryl Reese Wilson is the chief operating officer for the 
Rapides Healthcare System with 30 years of hospital 
management experience in Texas and Louisiana hospitals. 
She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from NSU 
in 1972 and went on to receive a master's degree in Student 
Personnel Services from NSU in 1974. She also holds a 
master's degree in Hospital and Health Care Administration. 
Cheryl was inducted into the Long Purple Line in 2002 and 
received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from 
NSU in 2006 for her instrumental work in establishing an 
Alexandria campus of the departments of Nursing and 
Radiologic Technology. She currently serves on the NSU 
Foundation Board of Directors. 


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Alumni News 

Super Saints Celebration 

NSU alum shares thoughts about the Saints' 
magical season and his roots as a Demon 


New Orleans Saints Defensive 
Line Coach Bill Johnson and 
former Saints quarterback Bobby 
Hebert spoke at the Super 
Saints Celebration, held in 
Natchitoches in April. NSU Head 
Football Coach Bradley Dale 
Peveto also spoke. 

His career as a football 
coach wasn't his idea. One of his 
players at Northwestern prodded 
iiim into asking out the sorority 
girl who became his wife. And 
\es, although he saw the logic 
from a perspective only a few 
do/en people shared, he thought 
it w as crazy to tr>' an onside kick 
to open the second half of Super 
Bowl XLIV. 

Crazy enough that it might 
I List work. 

Those forks in the road all 
led to fortune shining on the man 
known during his days at North- 
western as Smilin" Bill Johnson, 
NSU class of 19S0. 

Getting into the doghouse 
shortly after his playing career 
ended w hen the Demons drew 
the ire of then-NSU assistant 
coaches Al Miller and Joe 
Raymond Peace. Their tongue- 
lashing started Johnson on a path 
that carried him to the sidelines 
at Super Bowl XLIV as the 
defensi\ e line coach for the New 
Orleans Saints. 

We all know how that 

"It's an unbclic\able stor\." 
said Johnson, w ho could have 
been referring to his personal road or the Saints' ascen- 
sion to Super Bow 1 Champions in his first year with the 
team. "Ole Rudy ain't got nothin" on olc Johnson." 

The tale traces all the way back to his days e\en 
before he played football for Northwestern as a hard- 
nosed center from 197.^-78. A coach at Monroe's Lee 
Junior High asked the strong-armed, curly-haired kid 
sitting on a heater in the hallway w hy he didn't play 
foolball. and "I ain't stopped since." grinned Johnson. 
Raised b\ a single mother, he found a father figure in 
legendar> Ne\ille High foolball coach Charlie Brown, 
who later asked Johnsi>n lo make the presentation speech 
for Brown's 2001 eiishrmemenl m the Louisiana Spons 
Hall of Fame. Bui fiisi. Brown helped nurture Johnson's 
football career xo the point that he found his ua\ onto 
the NSL' campus to tiy lo play college ball. 

lie made the most of it, earning a scholarship along 
w ith four letters as a deep snapper and the starting cen- 
ter for two seasons under coach .\.\ \\ illiams. Heading 
tinsard graduation in spring 1979. he figured he'd go 
back to Mi)nroe and get a job working in a paper mill, 
until he and Demon teammate Pete\ Perot got into "a 
skirmish" while out one night. 

Ihey were called in by Peace, the otVensive line 

coach, and Miller, the linebackers coach whose innova- 
tive strength training concepts soon afterward carried 
him into the NFL ranks and made him a trailblazer in 
that held. Sitting in Peace's office in Prather Coliseum, 
seeing his coach peering o\ er a metal desk w ith steely 
eyes, was not a comfortable posture. 

"They were ripping us pretty good, and to make 
matters worse. I'd made a D in a class. I made prettN 
decent grades, but this was a D," said Johnson. "Coach 
Peace got onto me about that and asked what I was 
going lo do after I graduated, if 1 graduated. When I told 
him 1 figured I'd go home and get a paper mill job. he 
about popped. 

"He looked at me and said. 'You're gonna coach 
football, that's whai. ^'ou"re going to help me here next 
year. That's what you're cut out to do, can't you see 
that?'" recalled Johnson. "Those coaches steered me in 
the right direction. So man\ times, ne\er more so than 
right there, l'\e had angels come down and help me 

Johnson began working w ith the offensive line- 
men, but when Sam Goodwin look o\er as head coach, 
was shifted to coaching defensi\e linemen as a gradu- 
ate assistant. That put him in charge of a caustic Cajun 
defensive tackle. Fd Orgeron. who was also destined 
for a coaching career and a reputation as one of college 
football's premiere recruiters. For Johnson. Orgeron 's 
eye for talent manifested when the pla\er told his coach 
about a Tri Sigma girl he knew in trainer Fugene Christ- 
mas' class, and Orgeron thought Dawn Dohertx would 
be a great match for Johnson. 

"Ed w cut to a sororilN party and came back and said 
I ought to meet her. Doc Christmas told me, 'she's just 
a sweet girl, \ou ought to meet her." Well, I'm almost 
seven years older than her. I wasn't going to date a stu- 
dent. But she was from Winnheld, and she was around 
on Thanksgiv ing week, and we took a ride and ate din- 
ner, and we hit it ofT. Twenty six-plus years later, it's like 
a dream. We got engaged at Christmas and got married 
that next summer W hen \ou know it's right, it's right." 
he said, beaming. 

"She's been strong enough to hang w ith me and 
e\ci'\ time we've left someplace, it seems she's the one 
thai left a mark. So there's another time an angel was 
taking care of this Demon." 

They have two kids, Billv and .Abbv. both students 
at the University of Georgia, rooted in that area because 
the familv spent six years in .Atlanta w hen Johnson 
broke into the NFL as defensive line coach for coach 
Dan Reeves and the Falcons in 2001 . He weathered a 
heat! coaching change to Jim Mora Jr.. but another shil^ 
leil him lo Mike Shanahan's stalVin Denver for two 
vcars (2()07-OS). After Shanahan's surprising dismissal 
last winter, he was about to a job in Green Bay 
over w orking back in his home state for the Saints. 

"■S'ou'd look at thai and think 1 had a chance lo 
come home, but 1 loved the idea of coachine in Green 

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Pictured left to right are Bobby Hebert, Coach 
Bradley Dale Peveto and Coach Bill Johnson. 

Bay. I went up there and had a great visit. Then I visited \\ ith 
(Saints head coach) Sean Payton, they had (quarterback) Drew 
Brees, and (defensive coordinator) Greg Williams was probably 
coming on board. 

"I thought it was all lined up right as far as winning in New- 
Orleans, so I made a football decision, not a coming home deci- 
sion," he said. "I felt good about it, but it turned out to be a dream 
come tme, an emotional ride." 

Coming home had its definite perks, like opportunities to 
reunite with former Demon teammates and NSU friends like Perot 
(now coaching at Louisiana Tech), quarterback Butch Ballard (a 
Bogalusa native and frequent visitor to NSU and south Louisiana) 
and the effusive Bobby Hebert, the NSU and Saints star quarter- 
back now in a role as the lightning rod of sports broadcasting in 
New Orleans and on the Saints Radio Network. 

It didn't take long for Johnson to sense something special 
was within reach. During last April's offseason training activities 
involving the team, "1 saw what we had and 1 was really excited," 
he said. 

"We won the Super Bowl in April, May, June, July and Au- 
gust. You could feel the chemistry on the team, and the work ethic 
was tremendous. People were having fun getting a lot done." 

In his 29"' season of coaching, 21 in college at stops such as 
Miami, Texas A&M and Arkansas, Johnson knew a good thing 
when he saw it. He was a graduate assistant coaching lineback- 
ers when the Jimmy Johnson-coached Miami Hurricanes won the 
1987 major college national championship. 

The 2009 Saints exploded on what was, for them, an un- 
precedented run, staying undefeated through their first 13 (of 16) 
regular-season games. 

"It was the biggest grind I can ever remember, from 8-0 to 
13-0, trying to protect that win streak." he said. "We were getting 
real beat up. The players were drained. But it still took a real good 
team to knock us off our perch, and Dallas did it." 

Even though the team entered the playoffs having lost three 
straight, Johnson was confident. A month later, he was standing 
on the sideline in Miami as Carrie Underwood sang the national 
anthem with fighter jets flying past just before kickoff of the 
Super Bowl. 

"I was never a pro football fan until 1 got into it myself, 
but I knew the New Orleans Saints had a lot of years when they 
weren't even competitive. I'm taking in that scene, the game is 
about to start, and 1 just felt something special was going to hap- 
pen, I really did," he said. 

That began to unfold when the Saints went into the locker 
room at halftime having closed an early 10-0 deficit to a 14-10 
gap, but about to kick off to the potent Indianapolis Colts offense 

led by superstar quarterback Peyton Manning. 

"Sean said to the coaches, 'it's a low possession game, and 
down four points about to give the ball to Peyton Manning to start 
the second half, we've got to steal one. What about trying the 
onside kick here?' Now that'll raise your eyebrows. But if they 
take the ball and score a touchdown, we're down 1 1, two scores, 
and it's a big hill to climb because it's tough to stop Peyton. 

"We had seen something in film study we thought would 
open up for us, and worked the onside kick for two weeks going 
in. Our kickoff guy, Thomas Morstead. was a rookie from SMU 
and he was doing a nice job in practice. Well, the word spreads 
through the locker room that we're going to do it. and they found 
him in the back throw ing up. He had never tried one in a game 

"So we go out for the second half, and we all know what's 
coming. Nobody else does. 1 put on my best poker face, looked 
around the stadium, and thought, these people ain't going to 
believe this. 1 was standing right where the kick needed to end 
up. It took the officials almost four minutes to decide who had the 
ball. It was a great play by our guys, a great coaching decision 
by Sean, because it created a complete change in the game. It 
was high risk, high reward. We drove the ball and scored, and the 
game turned our way." he said. 

"It was so numbing, the feeling after the game. Think of a 
balloon blown up full, and then you let the air out. The season 
was the balloon, gradually filling up to the brim at the Super 
Bowl. Your emotion and intensity is at a fever pitch, and then 
when we stopped them with 44 seconds to go, we knew we could 
run out the clock. I thought back to Lee Junior High. Neville 
High. Northwestern, coaching for nine years at Texas A&M. all 
through the years," said Johnson. "They say it flashes through 
your mind, and it did. It was a little tough to get your arms 
around. But the NFL people, they do a great job at the end of the 
game of getting your family to you on the field. They understand 
v\ hat that moment means and who you want to share it with. 

"It was pure. It was special," he said. "I'd won the national 
championship at Miami, played on a state championship team at 
Neville. But this one was different because it touched so many 
people, so deeply. 

"I've never seen so many grown men cry in a 24-hour period 
as 1 did that night and the next day. It meant that much to all of us, 
because we knew how much it meant to the Saints fans every- 
where, the city of New Orleans, the state of Louisiana." 

The celebration, quickly dubbed Lombard! Gras considering 
the NFL's Vince Lombard! Trophy for the Super Bowl champs 
and New Orleans' trademark, impending Mardi Gras festivities, 
was epic. The afterglow lasted into April, when the Saints gath- 
ered to begin offseason workouts for 2010. 

"You want to hold on to those memories, but you better real- 
ize, that's done now. I've still got the fight and the hunger. When 
you win one, you really believe you can do it again, and you want 
to prove you can," he said. 

That's a jazz riff that's music to the ears of Saints fans, and 
it's a way of life for Bill Johnson. The challenges never end. but 
now his sense of accomplishment will never fade, either. Nor will 
his pride in NSU, as he told this year's Demon football team in a 
spring visit. 

"Everywhere I've been, every Sunday morning, I'm check- 
ing the paper to see how the Demons did," said Johnson. "This 
is where my life's destiny was set. I found what 1 was supposed 
to do. I found the woman to spend my life with. I made lifelong 
friends. No matter where 1 go, this will always be home." 


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O BillN Kidd (1957) was honored 
during ihc Keller. Texas, Independent 
School District Hail of Fame ceremonies 
after 49 years of coaching, teaching, 
mentoring and encouraging countless 
young men and women across the 

"I am proud of this honor and want 
to share the thoughts with others so that 
they may also appreciate w hat NSU 
is giving them. 1 want to thank ail the 
Demons everywhere for helping me." 

During the ceremony. Kidd was 
lauded for his unyielding desire to 
motivate others and serve as a model 
for all to follow. After graduating from 
Northwestern and North Texas State 
University. Kidd returned to his old high 
school, Dallas Sunset High School, and 
began a career in teaching and coaching. 
He coached in the Dallas area from 
1957-1970 and later served in the district 
as a principal, assistant superintendant, 
demographic and building needs 
coordinator and athletic director. 

"1 guess that I taught or coached 
over 10,()(){) students during that period 
of time but probably had some influence 
on another 10.000 through my works. 1 
even coached a national champion shot 
putter. But for all the success that 1 
may have had. my thanks go back to my 
teachers and coaches at Northwestern, 
especially Coach Ledet, Coach Turpm 
and Coach Brown. Their examples 
of life have given me direction in my 

During his tenure as athletic 
director. Kidd developed Keller's athletic 
programs, implementing new programs 
and overseeing the construction of new 
facilities as the district grew from three 
school buildings and l.SOO students to 32 
campuses and (>\er 27.000 students. One 
of the many highlights of his tenure as 
alhlctic director was the development o\' 
the girls" Softball program. 

Kidd and his wife of more than 50 
years, Annette, have a daughter, three 
sons and seven grandchildren. 

O Brian Henderson (2004) of 
Kussellv ille. Ark., is the new director 
of the (Jllice of Studeiil Services for the 
Univeristy of Arkansas I itilc Kock's 
College of Ikisiness. Ileiulerson. a 
native of Berryville. Ark . is the former 


career development 
specialist at Arkansas 
Tech University in 

The Office of 
Student Services 
assists College of 
Business students 
w ith the admissions 
process, academic 
advising, tutoring, 
career guidance and 
job placement; Cooperative Education 
internships, and graduation checkout. 
The office also coordinates professional 
development workshops, networking 
events, and career fairs. 

"I love the student services side of 
higher education and the opportunity 
to meet new students and help them 
grow professionally as they prepare 
for their career," Henderson said. 
"With the College of Business 1 have 
the goal of partnering and building 
relationships with local, regional, and 
national employers as well as U.^LR 
alumni to connect each of our students 
to a company and work experience that 
best fits their talents, skills, education, 
and goals. 1 take pride in providing 
opportunities that help groom students 
into their professional career as well as 
helping them develop skills that will last 
a lifetime." 

Henderson holds a master of 
education degree from Northwestern 
State University and a bachelor's degree 
in physical education from the l'ni\ersitv 
of the ()/arks in Clarksxille. 

^^HI^^H Whitman (2007) 

^H " ?^^ \BC25.Clio. 
^H^ .J^^^— \iich, reporter. 
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Krytal and also won 

Whitman iwo local Miss 

America titles bv 
advocating for domestic \ iolence v ictims 
and volunteering for the iu>meless. After 
college she landed an internship at ABC 
affiliate KfRK in Houston. Iliere she 
covered the I nron scandal ami N'.XSA. 
She began her professional broadcasting 

career at .AEiC affiliate K A IT-TV in 

Jonesboro, ,\rk., v\ here she covered 

Hurricane Katrina and Gustav evacuees 

and sev eral court cases including the 

West Side School Shooting. 

O Grady Beard ( 1 983 ) has been 

named a fellow in The College of 

Workers' Compensation Lawyers, an 

organization that seeks the best workers' 

compensation attorneys in the countrv. 

Beard is a member of Sow ell Gray 

Stepp and Laffitte LLC. Beard was 

otTicially inducted in March, during the 

American Bar .Association's Workers' 

Compensation Mid- Winter Conference. 

He became the first attorney to represent iM i 

South Carolina in the organization. 

The College of Workers' 
Compensation Law yers honors lawyers 
who have distinguished themselves 
representing plaintitTs or defendants i 

or acting as judges in workers' 
compensation cases. Fellows must have 
practiced workers' compensation law tor 
at least 20 years to be considered to join. 

Beard attended Louisiana State 
Universitv and graduated summa 
cum laude from Northw estem State 
Univ ersity. He earned his law degree at 
the Emory Universitv School of Law. 

Best Lawyers in America has 
recognized Beard's skills as a workers' 
compensation attomev bv including 
him in its annual publication every year 
since 2008. His other practice areas are 
appellate advocacv. emplovnient lav\ and 
alternative dispute resolution. 

O 1 he Pittman sisters, all graduates 
of the College of Nursing, were 
featured in an article in the November 
2009 issue of Slice, a Shreveport 
healthy lifestyle magazine. The article 
described the unveiling of the Pittman 
Hall of Tradition, part of the College of 
Nursing's 60"' anniversary obsen ance 
and NSU's 125''' anniversary celebration. 
.Also recognized were Louise Sudburv 
and Ciloria Morris, members of the 
Class o\' 1953. the first graduating 
class of nurses vs ith four-year degrees. 
NSU's degree program was initiated in 
1949 and is the oldest slate-supported 
nursing program in Louisiana. In 2008. 
it had the fourth largest undergraduate 
enrollmenl in the nation. 

Ihc Pittmans grew up in Dubberly 

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Sherman Desselle (2007) a reporter/photographer at 
KALB-TV in Alexandria, interviewed late night talk 
show host and comedian Jay Leno, who was appearing at the 
Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder earlier this year. "Jay is 
an easy going, well seasoned 'plain ham sandwich" kind of 
guy,"' Sherman said. "He's a billionaire who's not caught up 
in the billions. He did the interview in old washed out jeans 
and a denim shirt, then he perfomied an hour and 40 minute 
stand-up like it was nothing. What is there not to like about 
the guy?"" 

in a family of 16 children. The graduates 
are Thelma Pittman Walker (1959). 
Juanita Pittman Strickland ( 1963). 
Shirley Pittman Smiley (1967), 
Victoria Pittman Kennedy (1973), 
Karon Pittman Hanushek ( 1976). Julia 
Pittman Baldwin ( 1978) and Michelle 
Pittman (1981 ). Michelle went on to 
medical school and became a surgeon. 

© Kendra Pullen ( 1 998) was one of 
more than 1 00 teachers and mentors 
from across the country honored by 
President Barak Obama at the White 
House in January for their w ork in 
science, math and technology. Pullen, 
a science and social studies teacher at 
Riverside Elementary in Caddo Parish, 
received the Presidential Award for 
Excellence in Mathematics and Science 
Teaching. The award is given annually to 
teachers selected by a special panel. 

At a ceremony in the ornate East 
Room. Obama praised the teachers and 
mentors for their contributions inside and 
outside the classroom. 

Obama told the educators they are 
key to closing the gap between U.S. 
students and students in other countries 
in leaming science. 

Pullen is a key organizer of the 
Riverside Elementary Science Fair. 
She also serves on several committees, 
including the Louisiana Science 
Standards and Benchmarks Commiuee. 

She has a bachelor's degree in 
elementary education from Northwestern 
State and a master's degree in 
educational leadership from Louisiana 
State University in Shreveport. She was 
named the Wal-Mart Local Teacher of 
the Year in 2007 and the Caddo Parish 

Teacher of the Year in 2006. 

In recognition of the honor, NSU 
President Dr. Randall J. Webb presented 
her with a specially inscribed brick in the 
Alumni Plaza. 

© Brian Brown ( 1 990) provided 
the keynote address at the Grand 
View University, Des Moines, la., 
commemoration of the life of Dr. Martin 
Luther King. Jr. in Januarv. A native 
of New Iberia, Brown graduated from 
Northwestern with a bachelor's degree in 
industrial technology and safety. While 
competing in track and field as a high 
jumper. Brown was ranked seven times 
in the top ten U.S. high jump list during 
his distinguished career, climaxed by 
being ranked No. 2 in the U.S. in 1997 
and 1998 and as well as No. 9 in the 
world in 1998. 

While competing for Northwestern, 
Brown won the 1989 U.S. Outdoor 
Championships and the 1990 NCAA 
Indoor Track and Field Championships. 
He owns a personal best of 7 feet 8 
inches in 1990 and was the bronze 
medalist at the 1998 Goodwill Games. 
Brown, who owns the Drake Relays 
special invitational high jump record 
of 7-7 in 1997. won the 1997 Milrose 
Games and was second in the 1998 U.S. 
Indoor Track and Field Championships. 

Brown received a master's degree 
from the University of Missouri in 1995 
and completed his doctoral degree in 
May 2005. also from Missouri. Brian is 
married to Drake head track and field 
coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown, a 1992 
Olympic Silver Medalist. Brian and 
Natasha have three children. Elle 9; 
Quinton, 7, and Kristian, 6. 

He is an assistant pastor at Elim 
Christian Fellowship, in Des Moines. 

O Vera Martin ( 1 948 ) was honored in 
2009 by the Women's Council of Greater 
Baton Rouge as one of seven women in 
the Baton Rouge area named as Silver 
Magnolias for their volunteer efforts and 
dedication to humankind . The Silver 
Magnolia award honors women who 
ha\ e made a positive impact on their 

Martin is very active in volunteer 
efforts in her community, w orking with 
several organizations, including BRAVE 
HEART - Children in Need, a group that 
assists abused children. Brave Heart 
is a nonprofit volunteer group that is 
expanding statewide. Martin invites the 
support of the Northwestern community 
or anyone interested in volunteering. 
For more information, visit www. or e-mail Martin 
at vmartin5(a . 

© Emily Hobson ( 1 968 ) w as 

recognized by the Marshall. Texas, 
News-Messenger as an "Ever>day 
Hero," an ongoing series that spotlights 
people who make an impact in the 
Marshall community. Hobson said the 
most rew arding part of her career as 
a librarian is helping others, not only 
in their academic pursuits, but also in 
promoting a love of reading. The article 
stated that as an undergraduate at NSU, 
Emily was undecided about w hat major 
to pursue. Noticing her love of books, an 
advisor suggested she consider becoming 
a librarian. 

After graduating from Northw estern, 
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Alumna, 103 years young, celebrates another birthday 

Mittie Odcn Biyaii ot'Shrcvcporl 
celebrated another landmark 
birthday on Feb. 2 and was feted 
with a luncheon on Feb. 6 that 
was attended by about 75 family 
and friends. Mittie, who reached 
the age of 103, is possibly 
the oldest living alumna of 
Northwestern, having graduated 
from Normal in 1925. 

Mittie was born in Panola 
County, Texas, in 1907 and 
graduated from Greenwood High 
School in 1923. She was one of 
seven children growing up near 
Bethany, a community on the 
Louisiana-Texas state line, and 
the first in her family to attend 

Mittie's first teaching job was 
at Webb Elementary, a one-room 
school on Greenwood Road, 
where she taught first through 
fifth grade lor SI 00 per month. 
Webb Elementary closed in 
1929 and students transferred to 
Jewella Elementary. Mittie was a 
substitute teacher at four different 
elementary schools - Jewella, 
Judson. Hillsdale and Sunset 
Acres until 1965. 

Virginia Metcalf( 1953), 
Mittie's niece and a Wisconsin 
resident, said she chose to attend 
Northwestern because her aunt 
spoke so highly of the school. 

Celebrating her 103"* birthday, Mittie Oden Bryan (1925), seated, was presented 
with special gifts from Northwestern, as the university's oldest known living 
graduate. Joining her were Col. (Ret.) Virginia Metcalf (1953). and Jill Bankston. 
Assistant Director of Alumni and Development (1997). 

Guests from across the 
country attended the celebration. 
Among them was Mittie's 
nephew Bob Lee of Katy, Texas 
( 1965). and one of Mittie's former 
students from Webb Elementar>', 
who just turned 90. Family friend 
Alida Bishop Casey (1950) was 
unable to be part of this year's 
birthday celebration. Alida's 
mother, Elmyra Landry, was 
Mittie's best friend and classmate 
at Normal. Alida was a member 

of Puiple Jackets. Sigma Sigma 
Sigma and the State Fair Court, 
among other accomplishments. 
Alida is acti\e in the Baton 
Rouge Alumni Chapter. 

NSU President Dr. Randall J. 
Webb extended birthday wishes 
and sent Mittie a personalized 
stadium blanket. 

According to her niece 
Virginia. Mittie enjoys good 
general health and "is a role 
model for all of us." 

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Emily earned a master's degree in library 
.science at the University of North Texas. 
She retired from the school system alter 
24 years as a school librarian and for 
the past three years has worked at the 
Marshall Public I ibrary. 

O Klaiiie Beck ( 1 '>7 1 ), an assistant 
professor of education al LSU- 
Alexandria. was honored with the 
Bolton Award for Teaching Kxcellence. 
The award is the university's highest 
recognition for a faculty member. It 

is presenled annually to a full-time 
member of the LSU.A faculty who best 
exemplifies the university's commitment 
to teaching. ser\ ice and professional 

In addition to teaching mathematics, 
science and social studies methods. Beck 
is responsible for field placement and 
super\ision of LSUA student-teachers. 

Beck has been a member of the 
faculty since 200.^. She is the most recent 
recipient of Post-Secondary Educator 
of the \'ear for Region VI (nine Central 
Louisiana parishes) by the Louisiana 

Association of Computer-Lsing 

She also is a former winner of the 
\\ illiam Craig Outstanding Uni\ersity 
liducator .Award presented by the 
Louisiana Science Teachers Association, 
and she is a former director of the 
Region l\ Science fair 

O Burl .lohn "B.J." Fumroy (\')91) 
has been named athletic diiectt>r at 
Shepherd University. Shepherdstown. 
W \'. Piimroy is the former athletic 

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'The Four Freshmen from the 1945 class met in Natchez. Miss., 
for a reunion, remaining true and close friends all these years and 
now enjoying our 'Golden Years,'" wrote Janie Palmer Dobbins 
of Baton Rouge. Janie and Jettie Jane Johnson James grew 
up together in Webster Parish and graduated from Doyline High 
School. Marilyn Durbin Rife and Betty Hays Hazlip grew up in 
Tensas Parish and graduated from Waterproof High School. Janie 
and Jettie Jane were in Sigma Sigma Sigma while Marilyn and Betty 
joined Alpha Sigma Alpha. Janie and Jettie Jane graduated from 
Northwestern in January 1949. "We have many fun and beautiful 
memories of our days at Northwestern," she wrote. From left are 
Janie, Jettie Jane, Marilyn of Ferriday and Betty. 

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director at Valley City State University 
in North Dakota. Previously, he was 
the assistant AD at Truman Sate in 
Kirksville, Mo. Pumroy also served 
as head baseball coach at Truman 
State (1992-00), leading the team to 
conference tournament appearances 
in 1994, 1998 and 1999. He earned a 
bachelor of science degree in exercise 
science from Truman State in 1992 and 
a master of education degree in sports 
administration from NSU in 1997. 

© Sue Westbrook was chosen by 
La. Governor Bobby Jindal as the 
nursing education representative on the 
Louisiana State Board of Nursing. A 
native of Raceland, Westbrook became 
a nurse after graduating from NSU and 
later returned to the public university 
system by becoming an instructor at 

Nicholls State University. She rose 
through the department, picking up 
more academic credentials, eventually 
becoming head of the department and 
later dean of the nursing school. With 
four decades of experience in nursing 
and nursing education, Westbrook was 
sworn in on March 26. The purpose 
of the board is to serve the citizens of 
Louisiana by assuring that registered 
nurses in Louisiana are competent and 
safe, Westbrook said. 

© Clifford J. Mugnier ( 1 967 ) was 
one of four members of the American 
Society for Photogrammetry and 
Remote Sensing to be named 2010 
ASPRS Fellow Award winners. The 
ASPRS designation of Fellow is 
conferred on active Society members 
who have performed exceptional service 
in advancing the science and use of 

the mapping sciences that include 
photogrammetry, remote sensing, 
surveying, geographic information 
systems, and related disciplines. The 
nominees must have made outstanding 
contributions in a recognized Society 
specialization whether in practice, 
research, development, administration or 
education in the mapping sciences. The 
awards were presented in April at the 
ASPRS 2010 Annual Conference in San 

Mugnier graduated from 
Northwestern in 1967. He attended 
the U.S.A.F. Aeronautical Chart & 
Information Center Professional 
Cartographer course in St. Louis where 
he first joined the American Society of 
Photogrammetry in 1967. He is currently 
general manager of the Photogrammetry 
Division of Owen & White, Inc. 
Consulting Engineers. 

The 2010 Southland Conference champion NSU tennis team 
posed with two NSU tennis legends, Vicki Sims Newsom of 
Austin (1992) and Shayne Fitzwilliam Duke of Boca Raton, 
Fla., (1989) who flew in for the championship match. From 
left are head coach Patric DuBois, Adna Curukovic, Ma- 
rie Scriba, Kathrin Lange, Duke, Olga Bazhanova, Andrea 
Nedorostova, Martina Rubesova, Bianca Schulz, Dragana 
Colic and Newsom. The Lady Demons claimed the regular- 
season championship on April 10 by winning at defending 
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Bright lights of Broadway shine on actor 

Terry Lavell has worked on cruise ships, 
overseas, regional theatre and in touring com- 
panies, but there's only one place he really 
wanted to be, on Broadway. The Northwestern 
State graduate made his Broadway debut April 
6, playing the role of Mercedes in the revival of 
"La Cage Aux Folles." 

The show received positive reviews in Lon- 
don, where it was honored with the 2009 Olivier 
Award for Best Musical Revival. The New York 
production adds five-time Emmy Award winner 
Kelsey Grammer, who will make his Broadway 
debut. Music and lyrics are by Jerry Herman 
with book by Harvey Fierstein. 

"It's wonderful. I am having a fantastic time and am enjoying every minute of it." said Lavell. who was 
known asTerrence Daniels at NSU. "Tm taking it in day by day. A lifelong goal of mine has been achieved. 
1 can't believe it is happening." 

Lavell, a 2000 graduate of Northwestern has worked steadily since graduation. He appeared in Tokyo 
in "Starlight Jazz" and worked on cruise ships. He was in regional theater then appeared in national tours 
of Hairspray and Smokey Joe's Cafe. Lavell also appeared in "Happy Life," "Sex and the City" and on the 
"Dave Chapelle Show." 

■'After Northwestern, 1 felt 1 wasn't ready to move to New York, so I worked in Japan and in the cruise 
industry," said Lavell. "Going to college helped me a lot. It ga\c mc a depth 1 wouldn't ha\e had." 

Lavell said the four and a half months he spent working in Star Light Jazz at Tokyo Disney was an expe- 
rience he will never forget. 

COE seeking nominations for 
Hall of Distinguished Educators 

Northwestern's College of Education Alumni 
Advisory Board is seeking nominations for 
its Hall of Distinguished Educators for 2010. 
Nominees must have graduated from NSU s 
College of Education at least 30 years prior to 
nomination. Inductees will participate in NSU 
Homecoming activities in the fall. 

If you know of an outstanding College of 
Education alumnus who has had a distinguished 
career in education, send the nominee's resume 
and/or other documentation outlining the reason 
for the nomination to NSU College of Education, 
c/o Faye Megason, Northwestern State 
University, Natchitoches, LA 71497 Additional 
information is available by calling Megason at 
(318) 357-6278 or e-mailing megasonm@nsula. 
edu . 

The deadline for nominations is July 16. 

New directors for the Foundation Board 

Chief Rufus Davis and J. Wayne Wilkerson 
ha\c joined ihe board of Directors of the NSU 

Da\is wears many hats as businessman. 
in\ enter, historian and tribal chief of the Adai hidian 

An inno\ati\c thinker. Da\ is has receixed 
patents for two renewable energy products, a 
hydroelectric generator and a "street energy" 
product. Both are designed to harness natural 
energy that can be recycled and used to power 

Da\ is has been a long time support otNSL and 
is a member of the President's Council. 

Wilkerson is a registered representati\e 
of FSC Securities in Alexandria. He earned his 
undergraduate degree from NSU and graduate 
degree from LSU. He was formerh employed 
as executive vice president of Rapides Bank and 
Trust. He is in\ol\ed in many civic endeavors in 
Alexandria, including the Lions Club. Chamber of 
Commerce and American Red Cross. I le also serxed 
as director of the .Alexandria Girl Scout Council 
and was invoked with the Louisiana Bankers 
Association and United Wa\ of Central Louisiana. 

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Simpson scholarship offers opportuntities to deserving student 

Ida Simpson's early life was 
difficult and earning her education a 
struggle, but she now hopes that two 
contributions to Northwestern will 
help deserving students achieve their 

Simpson created the Ida Emily 
Simpson Endowed Scholarship in 
Journalism that will be presented 
to a female student from Louisiana 
with a financial need. She also was 
among the donors who contributed 
at the highest level to NSU's first 
professorship in military science, 
the Demon Regiment Endowed 
Professorship, in acknowledgment 
of her career of service in the U.S. 
Army. For this contribution, she will 
be presented with the Regimental 
Saber Award. 

"I want someone to have better 
opportunities than 1 did," Simpson 

Bom in 1922, Simpson was 
orphaned as a child and cared for 
by neighbors and relatives. She 
described her childhood as difficult 
but she persevered and graduated 

as valedictorian of her class at 
Monterey High School. She planned 
to attend nursing school, but the 
lady with whom she was living 
encouraged her to attend college at 
Louisiana Normal, as Northwestern 

''For me, it was work 
hard or go under I 
want someone to have 
it better than I did. " 

was then known. She enrolled on a 
work scholarship and had wanted to 
pursue journalism, but her caregiver 
discouraged the idea. Instead, 
Simpson earned a degree in health 
and physical education. 

Following graduation, she 
enlisted in the Army in 1943. 

"The war was on and I wanted 
to help with the war effort," she 

elebration of 

Chelsea Ann Umbach (2007) is recovering after a 
long-awaited and life-saving heart and lung transplant 
that took place in January. Chelsea, an alumna of the 
Louisiana Scholars' College, received the transplant at 
the University of Alabama at Birmingham hospital, after 
an arduous physical and emotional journey. 

Bom in New Orleans in 1985, Chelsea was two days 
old when she was found to have an enlarged heart. After 
a surgery at one year of age, Chelsea lived normally until 
age 15 when she was diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary 
Arterial Hypertension, an incurable condition of 
continuous high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery. 

Despite her health difficulties, Chelsea persevered, 
detennined to live life to the fullest. 

At NSU, Umbach completed her liberal arts degree 
and two minors, was valedictorian of the Scholars' 
College graduating class and president of the Alpha 
Sigma Alpha sorority. After moving to Birmingham to 

said. She turned down a chance 
to go to Officer Candidate School 
and enlisted as a private, describing 
herself as a very shy girl. 

During a 20-year Army career, 
Simpson was stationed in England, 
France, Gemiany and the U.S. She 
said she was strong mentally and 
physically and God was on her side. 

After the war, stationed both 
stateside and abroad, she worked for 
militaiy newspapers and in public 
information offices, doing public 
relations work and newswriting, 
including serving as head of the 
public information office at Fort 
Monroe, Va. 

"I leamed journalism the hard 
way," she said, adding that she 
hopes the creation of her scholarship 
"could help another young person in 

After her discharge, she lived 
in New Orleans for 20 years, where 
she became an avid golfer, before 
moving to Florida to be near friends 
and relatives. She now resides in 
Washington, D.C. 

be close to the UAB hospital, she enrolled in the UAB 
graduate program, seeking a graduate degree in English, 
completing coursework from her hospital bed. She 
earned top grades by sending in her work electronically 
and participated in class discussions through video 
conferencing. This accomplishment was featured on 
a local Birmingham 
television news program. 

Chelsea's full stoiy 
and updates on her 
recovery are available 
at her family's website, 

March 28 brought 
another celebration when 
Chelsea and her fiance 
Robert were married in 
New Orleans. 


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SON will participate in London New Year's events 

The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band will be 
spending New Year's Day in 201 1 in London, and friends 
and alumni arc invited to join them. 

North\\estern"s band has been invited to participate 
in the 201 1 New Year's Day Parade and Festival in Lon- 
don. The band will leave from Houston on Dec. 28 and 
return Jan. 4. 

The cost of the trip is approximately S2,990 and 
could vary slightly due to currency fluctuations. That 
includes transportation to Houston and airfare to London, 
six-night accommodation in a first-class hotel (double or 
triple occupancy), continental breakfast each day. three 
dinners at local historic restaurants and a voucher worth 
approximately SI 7 at fast food outlets. Also included are 
local travel via luxury coach, a full-day tour of London's 
West End and the city, a full-day tour of the city of Ox- 
ford and Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William 

Shakespeare, an evening performance of a West End 
theatrical production and a New Year's Eve Gala. 

The 201 1 New Year's Day Parade and Festival in 
London will mark the 25* anniversarv of what has been 
called "the world's greatest parade." The annual crowd 
for the parade is more than half a million people with a 
worldwide television viewing audience of more than 220 
million. The two-mile parade route includes Piccadilly 
Circle, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall 
finishing near Westminster Palace. Big Ben and Westmin- 
ster Abbey. 

Alumni and friends wishing to make the trip should 
make reservations as soon as possible. For more informa- 
tion, please contact Director of Bands Bill Brent at (318) 
357-4522 or hrcntUi of Associate Director of 
Bands Kevin Richardson at (318) 357-6722 or richard- 

Dallas Crawfish Boil 



tr^~ ^j^lKk 

Joseph Gardsbane (1971) 
and Hannah Casey (2009) 
were among the guests at the 
Dallas crawfish boil. 

Houston Reception 

Raven Brown (1999). Keisha 
Allen. Kita Williams (1999), 
Andrea Bailey (1999) and 
Quincy Perkins enjoyed 
catching up at the Dallas 

Bnan Duval (2002). Crystal Duval, Jesse Kambrick 
(2003). Susan Treadway Kambrick (2005), Kim 
Roberson (2009). and Cade Roberson (1991) 
attended the Houston gathering. 

Arnold Couty (1993), John Breland 
(1978). Lynda Breland (1977), 
Rhonda Maggio (1978) and Jan 
Malmay (1992) were also present for 
the Houston event. 

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Scholarship Banquet 

Leesville Reception 

Among the students and supporters attending 
the spring Scholarship Banquet pictured 
above were seniors Lauren Lupo and Rachel 
McCalister, Meagan Candiotto (2009), junior 
Colton Possoit, Chris Sampite (1994), and 
freshmen Lakyn Baker and Garrett Murchison. 

Below juniors Jessica Lopez, Joe Casselberry 
and Eric McJimsey joined Pat McJimsey, Sue 
McJimsey Karen Terrell, Rachel Waskom (2008) 
and junior Angela Waskom. 

Ted Jones Scholarship winners for the 
Leesville area were Jasmine Harris- 
Johnson of Pickering High School and 
Kelsey Cook of Anacoco High School. They 
were congratulated by recruiter Cortney 


Lyndsey Miller (2007), Larry Nugent 
(1967), Theda Nugent, Don Burkett 
(1974) and Caleb Austin, Student 
Ambassador, welcomed guests to the 
Many reception. 

Bossier City Reception 

Lake Charles 

Ted Jones Scholarship winners from Bossier 
City were Haughton High School students 
David Alex Nail, Tanisha White and Audrey 
Johnson. They were congratulated by recruiters 
Jana Lucky and Jannah Gray. 

Bryan Nash of Hamilton Christian Academy 
was named the Ted Jones winner for the 
Lake Charles area, presented by Cortney 


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Attending the Ruston/Monroe reception were, 
from left, Lyndsey Miller, Jana Lucky, hosts Missy 
and Corwyn Aldredge and Lenn Prince, along 
with Tony Hernandez and Jill Bankston. 


Recruiters Jana Lucky, right, and Jannah Gray, left, 
congratulated Ted Jones Scholarship recipients 
Colin Crawford of West Monroe High School and 
Damian Morris of Ruston High School. 

Baton Rouge 

Ted Jones Scholarship recipients Jessica Jones 
of Parkway High School and Galen Ray of 
Southwood High School were congratulated by 
their parents and NSU staff Jana Lucky, Jannah 
Gray and Tony Hernandez. 

Dan (1957) and Lilly Chase were 
hosts for an alumni and recruiting 
reception in their Baton Rouge 
home. Mr. Chase is pictured with 
Jana Lucky and Jill Bankston. 

Baton Rouge 

Longview Reception 

Karl Dummons, Laurie Metoyer (1993, 
1997), Lesseley Deshotels (1989) and Lisa 
Bordelon (1985) were among the alumni 
at the Baton Rouge gathering, held at Ruf- 

An alumni and recruiting reception was held in the 
Longview, Texas, home of Mr. & Mrs. Carroll Long. 
Attending were, from left, Jill Bankston (1997), Tony 
Hernandez (1982). Leta Jean Thomas (1981). Lyndsey 
Miller (2007), Don Bnan, Rachel Brian (1972), Laun 
Woodson (2006). Grant Woodson (2006). Susan Long 
and Carroll Long (1967 1970). 

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Taryn Bright of DeSoto High School was named the Ted 
Jones Scholarship winner for the Dallas area. She was 
congratulated by recruiter Cortney Cavanaugh. 

Susan and Tommy McCullough hosted a student 
recruitment reception in Dallas last spring. From left 
are Director of Recruiting Jana Lucky, Scott and Mary 
Eickman, parents of a current NSU student; Mr. and 
Mrs. McCullough and Assistant Director of Development 
Jill Bankston. 

New Orleans 


Margaret Roberts (2009) and Shelly Roberts 
(2002) attended the New Orleans reception. 

Attending a reception in Covington were, from left, 
Lyndsey Miller (2007), Dr. Misty Wainwright (1996), 
Kelley Guidry (1997), Brenda Webb (1992), Jana 
Lucky (1992, 2001) and Jill Bankston (1997). 


Louisiana Saturday Night in Austin 

PatrickWartelle (1980), Robert DeKeyzer (1950) and 
Dot DeKeyzer (1951) gathered with fellow alumni at 
the Lafayette reception, held at the Blue Dog Cafe. 

Stefan Colman (1995) and Jen Colman 
(1995) joined the fun at the Louisiana 
Staurday Night in Austin. 

Shreveport Crawfish Boil 

Glen Talbert (1964), Wayne Earp (1962) and Baxter 
Earp (1992) attended the Shreveport crawfish boil. 

Roland Champagne (1975, 1982) and Harry Solomon 
were among the guests at the spring Shreveport event. 

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NSU vocalists perform during tour of England 

The Northwestern State University International Chorale prepared to perform at Canterbury 
Cathedral during a weeklong tour over spring break. The chorale had the opportunity to 
perform at three cathedrals and a well-known church. On the left are Dr. Burt Allen, conductor, 
on the right Dr. Chris Gilliam, associate director of choral activities. 

The NSU International Chorale 
performed at three Ijiglish eathedrals 
and a well-known church as part 
of a one- week tour this past spring. 
The chorale, conducted by Dr. Burt 
Allen, is the first student musical 
ensemble to represent Northwestern 
in an international performing tour. 
Dr. Christopher (iilliam is associate 
director and primary administrator. 

Hie 29-member ensemble was 
chosen through auditions. 

Featured student soloists were 
Kelsey Primeaux and Kayla Carlonc. 
both junior music education majors 
from Alexandria, l.aura Beth Shirev. 

a junior music performance major 
from Canton, lexas, Renee .lessup. a 
senior music education major trom 
Livingston. Texas. Jamie Green, 
a junior sacred music major from 
Port Banc and Meagan .Adams, a 
sophomore music education major 
from Tioga. 

"Tra\el is an aspect of education 
that is unmatched. In order for 
students to appreciate other cultures. 
the\ ha\e to go there." said Allen. 
"W hen \\c ha\e been able to tra\el. 
students tell me the trip was the nn^st 
exciting thing the\ ha\e done as an 

The international tour. "Culture 
and Cathedrals of Hngland," took 
the Northwestern ensemble to 
Canterburx Cathedral. Bath .Abbey 
Cathedral, lily's Cathedral and St. 
Paul's Church Co\ent Garden (The 
Actor's Church). 

"Performing in these cathedrals 
will be a unique musical experience 
for our students w ho will gel to 
present works ui the acoustical 
environment the\ w ere designed 
for." said .Allen. "This will be an 
expansion of their education that w il 
be unctjualcd on campus." 

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WHy I Love ^SV 

came to Northwestern in 1960 as the first in 
my family to attend college. Since my high 
school graduating class (Gillis-Lake Charles) 
only had 26 people, NSC seemed huge to me. My 
childhood friend and freshman roommate, Bucky 
Talbert, and I were very homesick the first few 
days. After we got our hair cut off and I put on 
my "Dog Dennis" hat, things got better. I lived in 
Rebel Hall my first year and still remember the 
Confederate flag being raised each morning. I was 
a math major who had had very limited high school 
math preparation. Fortunately, I had very good 
professors who helped me greatly. In addition, 
I had a friend. Bill Hyams, who helped me very 
much. Coach Ledet allowed me to be a walk-on 
in track after my freshman year and I ran for three 
years. At NSC I met and became roommate of Roy 
Gentry and we have had a lifelong friendship. Of 
greater importance, I met my future wife, Pat Kile, 
and we have been married almost 45 years. I 
greatly enjoyed my time at NSC and am glad 
I attended a college big enough to provide my 
educational needs, but small enough to enable me 
to be involved in many things, such as Blue Key, 
student government and athletics. 

Maurice (Maury) Dennis -1964 
College Station, Texas 

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receive a Northwestern watch for submitting 
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Dr. John Edward 
Kerley is a retired 
educator, married and 
lives in Stireveport. 


Rebecca Lynn 
Readhimer Gwinn is 
retired, married and 
lives in Natchitoches. 


Theresa D'Angelo 
Bradford is a 
substitute teacher 
at the International 
School of Zurich, 
married and lives in 
CH 8820 Wadenswil, 


Tamara Courtney 
Biggerstaff is a 
teacher at R. Max 
Abbott Middle School, 
marned and lives in 
Fayetteville, N.C. 


Ashley Anne Mobley 
Patterson is a second 
grade teacher at 
Lafayette Christian 
Academy, married and 
lives in Broussard. 


Paul Robert Gwinn is 
a minister of education 
and administration at 
Central Baptist Church, 
married to Jacinda 
Averitt Gwinn (1995) 
and lives in Carthage, 


Joseph Trent Jackson 
is employed with Morris 
Dickson as a systems 
analyst, married to 
Shaunda Renee 
Andrews Jackson 
(2003) and lives in 
Bossier City. 


Sara Lynn Griswold 
Cade is employed 
with Cade Wood as 
a secretary. Inc., 
married and lives in 

Shaunda Renee 
Andrews Jackson is 
a registered nurse at 
Cancer Center, married 
to Joseph Trent 
Jackson (2002) and 
lives in Bossier City. 


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Romine, Oct. 9, 2009 

1968 - Shirley Kay Dalme Dickie, Feb. 23, 
2010, Lafayette 

1970 - Benny Frank Cummings, Dec. 22, 
2009 - Shreveport 

1975 - Dr. Frank L. Collins, Dec. 19, 2009, 
Denton, Texas 

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Alumni Columns Summer 2010 / 1 5 

Campus News 

Looking bacK 

In the early 1990s, Northwestern began 
broadcasting satellite classes to students 
within a 100-mile radius of campus through 
the Louisiana Instructional Satellite and 
Telecommunications Network. LlSTN's fully- 
accredited telecourses were designed for students 
whose job and family responsibilities prohibited 
them from attending traditional classes at 
Northwestern. The program introduced the term 
"interactive classroom." 

In 1995, five classes were offered, 
produced by the Department of lournalism and 
Telecommunications, headed by Dr. Ron McBride. 
The production team for the classes consisted of 
14 broadcast students. Instructors went through 
screenings, "just like in Hollywood." 

"The merger of the journalism and 
telecommunications departments serves as a 
working entity for the students that help air and 
broadcast the classes," said McBride, who predicted 
that other universities would embrace the trend. 

"This is the future," he said. "Within 15-20 
years, students will be able to dial up classes at 

Dr. Jack Tollett presented a class via satellite 
in 1995. 

Guess Who? 

The Student Union Governing Board, once the govern- 
ing body of the NSU union and the predecessor of today's 
Student Activities Board, sponsored many cultural, recre- 
ational and social activities throughout the year. During 
the 1979-80 academic year, the Cinema Focus Committee 
showed movies such as Rollerball, Close Encounters of the 
Third Kind and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest while the 
Social Activities Committee sponsored the Howdy Dance, 
a Luau pnor to the SFA football game and a Disco Dance 
during State Fair Week. Their main undertaking was the the 
Lady of the Bracelet pageant in November. Can you name 
the members of the SUGB's executive committee from that 
year? The first five alumni to call the Alumni Center at (318) 
357-4414 with the correct answers will win a prize. 

Congratulations to winners who identified Winter Ball Queen Linda Fulgham and Student Union Director Robert Wilson in a 
photo from 1974. Winners were: 

Melanie BabinTorbett 1974 • Susan Stanley 1973 • Glynn Chevalller 1977 • Diane Gallagher 1973 

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